Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. S Jaishankar said on Nov. 2 that the conflict in Ukraine has dramatically increased the scope of political leverage, using trade, debt and even tourism as pressure points. Speaking at the IIM Calcutta, Jaishankar said that today there is a greater change happening in international affairs that is very important to understand. “This comes from the arming of everything. In recent years we have already seen how trade, connectivity, debt, resources and even tourism have become the focus of political pressure. The conflict in Ukraine has dramatically expanded the scope of such leverage,” Jaishankar said on the subject of “India and the world.” “The scale of measures, technology control, infrastructure and service restrictions and asset seizures is truly breathtaking. At the same time, it is also a fact that global rules and practices have been played for national advantage, in a way that can no longer be overlooked. At some level it leads to caution regarding international exposure, but beyond a point that cannot be assured because the nature of existence is now globalized,” he added.